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When in Nature, Google Lens Does What the Human Brain Cant

AI-powered visual search tools, like Google Lens and Bing Visual Search, promise a new way to search the world—but most people still type into a search box rather than point their camera at something. We've gotten used to manually searching for things over the past 25 years or so that search engines have been at our fingertips. Also, not all objects are directly in front of us at the time we’re searching for information about them. One area where I've found visual search useful is outside, in the natural world.…

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Google Maps goes beyond directions

Google today announced a new version of Google Maps that will launch later this summer. All of the core Google Maps features for getting directions aren’t going away, of course, but on top of that, the team has now built a new set of features that are all about exploration. “About a year ago, when we started to talk to users, one of the things we asked them was: how can we really help you? What else do you want Google Maps to do? And one of the overwhelming answers…

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Microsoft launches AI and entry-level software development courses

Microsoft today launched two new courses in its online education program for developers: an entry-level software development class and an AI course for more advanced developers who want to expand their knowledge of machine learning. It’s no secret that there aren’t enough data scientists and machine learning developers available to fulfill the current demand. It’s no surprise, then, that a number of large companies have started to teach the fundamentals of these disciplines to their existing employees; starting today, anybody can take the AI courses that Microsoft first developed for its…

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France wants to become an artificial intelligence hub

Emmanuel Macron and his government are launching a big initiative around artificial intelligence today. They want to turn France into one of the leading countries when it comes to artificial intelligence. “[Artificial intelligence] is a technological, economical, social and obviously ethical revolution,” Macron said in a speech. “This revolution won’t happen in 50 or 60 years, it’s happening right now. There are new opportunities and we can choose to follow some innovations or not.” Some of the best mathematics and engineering schools are in France, and some of the best…

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Teleports neural networks let you try before you hair dye

Meet Teleport: An app thats using a trained neural network to power a selfie-editing feature that lets you change the color of your hair at the touch of a button. Fancy seeing how youd look with red locks or blue? No problemo. Just upload your selfie, wait a few ticks while the AI gets to work figuring out which bits of your face are hair and which are not, and then tap on a shade of your choice to try out a new do. Co-founder Victor Koch says the teams…

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How Echo Look could feed Amazons big data fueled fashion ambitions

This week Amazon took the wraps off a new incarnation of its Alexa voice assistant, giving the AI an eye so it can see as well as speak and hear. The indefinitely stores a copy for Amazon too). But the flagship feature of the app isa fashion feedback service, calledStyle Check, which Amazon says will utilizemachine learning to ratefashion choices and help users choosebetween outfit pairs. And ultimately, presumably, givetheir entire wardrobe a score. Albeit, the featureis using(human) stylists too, at least for now, to help train what Amazon surely…

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Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

A cute, robotic language tutor called Musio, has made it from crowdfunding campaign to full-fledged product with a debut in stores this week in Japan. Priced at JPY 98,000 (about US $900), Musio is now sold online through SoftBanks marketplace and Amazon Japan, and through a handful of brick-and-mortars stores. Musios parent company, AI ventureAKA Study, is the latest startup from Raymond Jung, a co-founder of the massively successful test-prep venture, Hackers Education Group, in South Korea. AKA employs about 50 full-time today, with most in Seoul, and a small…

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Of course a venture capitalist was no match for CMUs updated poker-playing AI

Libratus, Carnegie Mellons poker-playing AI, is damn good. It easily routedfour of the worlds best poker players back in January over 120,000 hands of No-Limit Texas Hold-um. So it comes as no surprise that a team of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and engineersplaying against Lengpudashi,Libratus bigger, badder brother, would face a similar fate. Plot twist: they lost, badly. Now thats not meant to be unfair to Alan Du, the VC and poker pro leading Team Dragon against Lengpudashi in this weeksChinese exhibition match.The groups approach was actually quite valid.Rather than treatLengpudashi…

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